Programs Specialist I

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Ref: RP749-764

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

The primary responsibility of a Program Specialist is to Plan and implement a closely associated set of programs' initiatives. The Programs Specialist participates in the generation of program resources and in the design and development of program operating goals, objectives, and protocols. He/ she serves as primary point of both internal and external representation and liaison with respect to program implementation and operational matters, and provides technical/professional and programmatic guidance, consultation, and support to client constituencies as appropriate.



- Assist the UAEU SIP management in developing and executing a number of programs such as the UAEU SIP Industry Liaison Program, soft landing program, etc. in accordance with SIP mission and strategy.
- Plan and lead talent sourcing and placement for the SIP tenancy program
- Assist the management in developing the budget and operating plan for the UAEU SIP assigned programs and initiatives.
- Assist the SIP management in developing the business model for the assigned programs
- Assist the SIP management in developing a value proposition for the SIP tenants and partners by mapping the University internal intellectual resources and physical assets, creating packages of services and pricing them
- Conduct continuous mapping of the internal and external ecosystem to design and implement new initiatives and programs
- Develop an engagement plan for internal and external stakeholders to support implementation of the initiatives under the assigned programs
- Prepare a benchmarking study about best practices for the programs
- Assist the other programs' coordinators and team members liaising with external partners and industry for the programs
- Support the Innovation Hub powered by Google through delivering trainings and providing coaching services to clients (startups, students, corporates, etc.)
- Provide advice and support to startups in the UAEU SIP tenancy program and guidance and orientation to participants enrolled in the UAEU SIP programs
- Maintain and update records of program information, details and outcomes to generate reports and statistical data
- Assist the SIP management in running the Pathfinders program whenever requested
- Support UAEU SIP cross-functional and operations team to plan and implement initiatives and events
- Other related tasks


Minimum Qualification:
- A Bachelor's Degree in a related field
- A startup experience is desirable
- Proficiency in English and Arabic (oral and written)

Preferred Qualification
- Ability to coordinate, facilitate and participate in a collaborative approach to the completion of tasks or assignments
- Ability to communicate, in written and oral form, detailed and technical program information, guidelines and standards/statutes/codes/regulations to various audiences to ensure that they understand the information and the message and to seek compliance.
- Ability to coordinate and administer program(s)/project(s), activities and protocols
- Ability to determine informational needs, to collect and analyse information, and to devise and develop statistical analyses and reports.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Visio is a plus.
- Skilled in project management methods, tools, and reporting.

Expected Skills/Rank/Experience
- Professional experience of 2-5 years that can be demonstrated to be applicable to the duties listed in the job description
- Preferred skills: Accountability, Effective resources management, Concentrate on customer services, Effective Communication Competency, Team player, Multitask

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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